INEOS 1:59

Eliud Kipchoge (white vest), world record holder, Olympic champion and the greatest marathon runner of all time, with his dream team of pacemakers as he prepares for his attempt to become the first man in history to run a sub two hour marathon in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna on Saturday 12 October 2019. The team of pacemakers includes; Filip Ingebrigtsen (NOR)
Henrik Ingebrigtsen (NOR), Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR), Jacob Kiplimo (UGA), Marius Kipserem (KEN), Eric Kiptanui (KEN), Gideon Kipketer (KEN), Abdallah Mande (UGA), Ronald Musagala (UGA), Chala Regasa (ETH)
Hillary Bor (USA), Jonathan Korir (KEN), Julian Wanders (SUI), Paul Chelimo (USA), Philemon Kacheran (KEN), Nicholas Rotich (KEN), Shadrack Kipchirchir (USA), Victor Chumo (KEN), Stanley Kebenei (USA), Augustine Choge (KEN), Kota Murayama (JPN), Noah Kipkemboi (KEN), Shadrack Koech (KEN), Moses Koech (KEN), Selemon Barega (ETH), Bernard Lagat (USA), Patrick Tiernan (AUS), Stewart McSweyn (AUS), Thomas Ayeko (UGA), Emmanuel Bett (KEN), Timothy Toroitich (UGA), Micah Kogo (KEN), Lopez Lamong (USA), Kaan Kigan Ozbilen (TUR) and Ayeko Joel (USA). The INEOS 1:59 Challenge. 9 October 2019.
Photo: Bob Martin for The INEOS 1:59 Challenge

Eliud Kipchoge’s historic attempt to make history and become the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours will start at 8:15AM CEST Saturday 12th October in Vienna, Austria.

The event will be broadcast worldwide live on the INEOS 1:59 Challenge YouTube page. It is a free event to attend and Kipchoge and his team are keen that a significant crowd will attend to cheer Kipchoge on and help him make history.

Fran Millar, CEO of TEAM INEOS, said: “We took into account all the different parameters and the decision has been made that the INEOS 1:59 Challenge will start at 8:15AM CEST on Saturday 12th October.”

Kipchoge arrived in Vienna on 8th October, having flown from his training camp in Kaptagat in Kenya and has been acclimatising to Vienna and training on the course as part of his race-week preparations.

In a pre-event press conference held on 11th October, Eliud Kipchoge said: “I’m feeling well, I’m happy with the course and I am waiting for Saturday.

“Vienna is a sporting city. The crowd loves sport in Vienna and the course is flat and fast and in a park – a natural environment.

“Berlin was about running a world record, Vienna is about running and breaking history, like the first man on the moon.”